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Escort 'sold singer ordeal story'

Boy George aka George O'Dowd
Boy George denies a single charge of false imprisonment

A male escort who claims singer Boy George chained him to his bedroom wall sold the story about his ordeal to a Norwegian magazine, a court has heard.

Audun Carlsen, 29, was paid £5,500 which he said he needed to flee the UK as he was "too scared", London's Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

Norwegian Mr Carlsen claims the DJ beat him with a metal chain after accusing him of hacking into his laptop.

The singer, real name George O'Dowd, denies unlawfully detaining the escort.

The reason I gave this interview was because of all the things that were written, for the sake of my family
Audun Carlsen

Mr Carlsen did not tell officers that he had spoken to a reporter when he met them last May, days after the alleged attack, the court heard.

He denied not being "straightforward" with the police and said: "I told the police everything that I had received (money) when the story came out."

"The reason I gave this interview was because of all the things that were written, for the sake of my family."

Following the incident he was "too scared to stay in the country" and wanted to go to Germany, Mr Carlsen told the court.

On Monday the court heard that the former Culture Club star and the escort got in touch through social networking website Gaydar.

They met at a pornographic photo shoot during which they took cocaine and Mr O'Dowd performed a sex act on the escort.

Hacking accusations

Mr O'Dowd believed his laptop was hacked and accused Mr Carlsen of being involved, but the pair parted ways on good terms and the escort received £300, the court heard.

Weeks later the singer emailed the escort, first accusing him of tampering with the computer before saying he wanted to meet him.

Last April, when they met at Mr O'Dowd's home in Shoreditch, east London, the escort claims the singer and another man punched, beat him and forced a manacle on his right arm which was then attached to a hook drilled into the wall by the bed.

Mr Carlsen managed to free himself but was beaten with a metal chain as he tried to flee the house, the court was told.

He escaped and ran to a local newsagents shop in his underwear and a pair of handcuffs. The shopkeeper then called the police, the court heard.



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